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was with governor chris christie, correct? >> reporter: this is an unusual sight to see, to see president obama traveling around the state with governor chris christie. you have to remember that chris christie is a top surrogate for mitt romney and the keynote speaker at the republican national convention. the president had this message for voters. >> we need to make sure that everybody whose lost a loved one know they're in our thoughts and prayers. we are here for you. we will follow up to make sure you get all the help you need until you rebuild. >> reporter: so far his team has said tomorrow he will be back on the trail and making stops in wisconsin, colorado and also nevada. >> so meanwhile, mitt romney resumes campaigning in the battleground of florida. seems like he's backing off the rhetoric a little bit. >> reporter: he's trying to strike this positive tone as he gets back out there on the campaign trail. today he has three different stops in that battleground of florida. he touched on the deviation along the east coast and didn't mention the opportunity to make a pitch to voters. >> 2
someone they can respond, vigorously and robustly to, to this type of tragedy. and with chris christie, vouching for president obama, i would think that that would have some sort of effect on, perhaps florida voters. >> you know what else, i hope i haven't, mentioned new orleans on the show this week. i think when the way you see politicians and your local leaders, even media, wall to wall coverage. to me all of this living through this for a second time is proof of how katrina changed the nation's psychology when it comes to storms. >> yes. >> how many lessons have been learned, dark days along the gulf coast in '05. see it playing out. closest thing to katrina since '05. you are seeing the country changed after the storm, even response on every level has changed as well. interesting to watch, yet again for sure. >> yeah. >> coming up next, images are almost too much for adults to comprehend. for children, the pictures from sandy could be downright heartbreaking and confusing. >> we'll show you what one familiar fuzzy face is doing to help them understand. ♪ we have all been assault
neighborhoods are gone. president obama toured the devastation with new jersey governor chris christie. even the iconic board walk is in ruined. >> looks like the pier was lifted up by the ocean. >> reporter: with roller coasters swallowed by the ocean. >> something i've never seen in my life. >> reporter: in new york, work continues to remove several feet of water from flooded subway tunnels and mayor michael bloomberg rang the opening bell while much of lower manhattan is still without power. damage from sandy is widespread. families had to be rescued from floodwaters. a search is underway for two brothers, ages two and four who became separated from their
the block? >> reporter: president obama toured some of the damage with governor chris christie. >> i can't thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state. >> i can promise you that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials. and we will not quit until this is done. >> reporter: and then, there was halloween. many towns decided to postpone it. but some were not deterred. on long island, superheros and cats were out. and in new york city, even with the power out, trick-or-treaters took to the street. and within just a few hours, all three of new york's major airports will be back online, with la guardia beginning at least partial service at 7:00 a.m. this morning. rob? sunny? >> good news there, too. and in terms of the gridlock here in new york city. traffic very heavy as the mass transit system gets up and running. what about the scarcity of gasoline for commuters? >> reporter: that's a really big problem because everyone's trying to get into the city. and one of the things
suffered. there's worries about leaking fuel in still-flooded towns. new jersey governor chris christie says the area will be rebuilt. he said it won't be the same, though. >>> and further from the east coast, sandy will go down as a massive snowmaker. one ski resort in west virginia reported three feet of heavy, wet snow that was blown by 60-mile-per-hour winds. the weight of the snow was too much for some trees, many of which collapsed across roads, forcing the roads to close. >>> once again, our broadcast is dedicated to the latest on the storm and its aftermath. >> and so, we begin with abc's mark greenblatt. he's in hard-hit lower manhattan this morning. good morning to you, mark. >> reporter: good morning to you. most of the lights in lower manhattan do remain out. a sign that life is beginning to get back to normal, in a couple of hours we expect normal trading to resume on the floor of the new york stock exchange, after a devastating storm. it was another night of no lights and no power for thousands in the big apple. and there's still no clear idea of when power will be restore
, and a powerful image today. the fire brand republican governor of new jersey, chris christie, side-by-side with president obama. joining forces in this crisis. and just as our abc news poll out today shows president obama and governor mitt romney in a dead heat, with five days to go before americans get to the polls. your voice, your vote. and abc's jake tapper has more. >> reporter: hurricane sandy has forced the president to cancel his appearance at seven campaign events. but he may have gotten something more valuable. >> you're going to be okay. everybody's safe, right? >> reporter: the opportunity to lead and be seen leading. today with new jersey's republican governor chris christie a shelter in brigantine, new jersey. >> hang in there. >> thank you. >> reporter: theirs was a most public display of bipartisan ship today, a trait many undecided voters process to love, one sorely lacking in washington, d.c. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me and i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern. >> governor christie, throughout this process, has been responsi
. >> reporter: new jersey's governor, chris christie known for his brashness seemed himself moved by what he saw. >> as a kid who was -- born and raised in the state, who -- who spent a lot of time over my life at the jersey shore. no question in my mind we will rebuild it. >> reporter: in cape may, the very southern tip touch the shore, no major damage. but a landscape transformed. this is an 8-foot street sign. that is now, waist high. in berkeley, the scene was equally tragically bizarre. as we made our way north along the shore, we got a sense of how vast this recovery must be. even here in seaside heights, a drowned town now, haunted by its stranded and frightened residents, and the ghosts of so many summers past. >> surreal to see. and here in new york city, things are slowly, and we stress slowly, getting back to normal. crews are working throughout the night to restore power off to the 750,000 people that are still in the dark. >> and the work of pumping out subway and traffic tunnels under the city's rivers is making some progression. the subways do remain closed though. also, closed, l
amazing pictures. wow. governor chris christie said the storm's damage is beyond anything than i thought i would see. >> look what to this car in orange, new jersey. he was driving when he took a photo. he said there are a lot of trees and power lines in his neighborhood and right here too. he said things are calm today. >>> take a look at this video from ash bury park. it cut off barrier island, swept houses from their foundations and washed away rides and destroyed some of the boardwalk. look at some of those pictures. >>> ocean city was really hammered by sandy. >> and christian schaffer has been seeing it all. christian, people are upset when they saw the pier go. >> reporter: i'm trying to focus on the good news. no deaths no injuries despite a hard hitted a lot of flooding, especially on the bay side. the seawall held. the dunes held. there's a big cleanup but there really want the massive damage there could have been if sandy had come further to the south. this is what's going on on the beach right now. the sand that was pushed back toward the dunes is now being pushed back the othe
chris christie and president obama toured the state's battered coast. they stopped at a community center, where at its peak, 200 people found shelter. 50 still remain. a political odd couple, for sure. in the past, they've traded barbs. now, they must cooperate at chief executives and they heaped praise on each other today. >> it's been a great working relationship to make sure that we're doing the jobs that people elected us to do. >> i have to say that governor christie, throughout this process, has been responsive, he's been aggressive and i think the people of new jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce back even stronger than before. so, i just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership. >> reporter: political aside, they will be judged. everyone in this situation will be judged by results. alone the jersey shore, there were dedicated disaster response teams just beginning the enormous task ahead. and more rescues of the stranded. you all right? but we saw only a few gas crews out here. they ha
jersey's governor chris christie, phone nor his brashness seemed himself moved by what he saw. >> as a kid who was a boy raised in the state, who spent a lot of time over my life at the jersey shore, no question in my mind we'll rebuild it. >> reporter: so many weird sights here. my colleague ginger zee got a firsthand look at the damage in atlantic city. >> this car is completely covered in sand up to the wheel well. this was at the bottom of the ocean before the storm. >> reporter:n cape may this morning the very southern tip of the shore, no major damage, but a landscape transformed. this is an eight-foot street sign that is now waist-high. in berkeley, another town in ruin, the scene was equally tragically, bizarre. as we made our way north along the shore, we got a sense of how vast this recovery must be. will be. even here in seaside heights, a drowned town now, haunted by its stranded and frightened residents, and the ghosts of so many summers past. one final note, we'll be here all night and just a little while ago a resident trudged out of the darkness and asked us if
for people like them, governor chris christie announced no rescue services in atlantic city until tomorrow morning. >> i cannot in good conscience send them in the dark given all of the various hazards that would occur. >> reporter: he blasted the mayor for encouraging people to stay in shelters rather than moving inland. >> for those elected officials who decided to ignore my admonition, it is your responsibility. >> reporter: the storm passed ferociously, at least 66-mile-per-hour wind gusts at the airport. then just a couple of hours ago, that strange moment when it all went quiet. when you're in the middle of the storm like this, it gets eerily calm. the light breeze tickling the trees. that is not normal. the onslaught reseumed and likey to keep pummelling the city tonight. we're not going to get a lot of rest here, we'll keep following the storm. at least the tide has gone down slightly. we'll watch that tide rise again into the morning hours. so the flooding and all of the conce concerns, they are not over. we'll head back cynthia. >> stay safe. you have been at it all day. >>> a to
of an unlikely pairing. new jersey governor chris christie and democratic president barack obama toured the storm ravaged state of new jersey. >> i cannot thank the president enough for the his personal concern and compassion for our state. >> it's not the first time this week christie has offered praise for the president. obama is also applauding the governor. >> i think the people of new jersey recognize he has put his heart and soul into making sure the people of new jersey bounce back. >> it has created a stir. >> the next president of the united states governor mitt romney. >> christie is one of mitt romney's most outspoken supporters on the trail picked to give the keynote address at the republican national convention. >> real leaders don't follow polls. real leaders change polls. >> if history teaches us anything, it's that some things are bigger than politics. in washington i'm terry dun ham. >> it seems republican nominee mitt romney is softening the attacks on his opponent. yesterday romney held three rallies in florida but did not mention president obama's name at all. while romney was
. >> reporter: until things return to normal, governor chris christie has signed an executive order, rationing gas for passenger vehicles in 12 counties. >> we're on top of the gas situation. >> reporter: here's how it works. starting at noon, owners of cars with license plates ending in an even number, can only purchase gas on even number days. owners with plates ending in odd numbers on odd number days. two-thirds of the gas stations in the new york metro area are out of fuel. and more than half the stations in new jersey and long island are shut down. some have no power. others, sold out. completely drained. and for some, like joanne hughes, the wait for the pumps isn't just a long line, but a lifeline. with her father undergoing an emergency bypass 40 miles away, the only thing keeping this daughter from her father is a lack of fuel. >> it takes me about two hours to get gas. i hope i make it. >> reporter: you've been in the line for 40 minutes now. >> already. i don't know -- i have no idea how long it's going to be. >> reporter: a question that everyone's hoping will be answered soon. an
the window. it's freezing, the wind is blowing. >>reporter: new jersey governor chris christie said residents of his state are devastated. >> this is a monumental task that we have in front of us, so i'm asking this week for their patience and then the week after that we're going to need their resill yens as we begin to go back to work and rebuild our state. >>reporter: president obama signed disaster declarations for new jersey and new york, clearing the way for federal aid. >> i want every agency to lean forward and make sure that we are getting the resources where they need -- where th're needed as quickly as possible. >>reporter: sandy is moving northwest bringing flooding and winter weather to the mountains. some power has been restored. still, though, more than 6 million people remain without power. the utility companies, they say it could take a week, it could take more. we are live in hoboken, new jersey this morning, i'm renee marsh. back to you. >>such incredible images, not only from new york and new jersey, also here in maryland. western maryland took us all by surpris
just yet. the president will travel to new jersey to assess storm damage alongside governor chris christie. it will be an unusual sight to see this close to election day. christie is one of mitt romney's top surrogates. he was also the keynote speaker at the republican national convention this summer. with a natural disaster, it's natural for party lines to be plurred. on nbc news christie offered up praise for the president. >> the president has been outstanding in this, he has expedited the designation of new jersey as a major disaster area. >>reporter: vice president joe biden says he'll resume campaigning today. >> assuming things continue as they are, we're going to resume our schedule in florida as scheduled. >>reporter: mitt romney will also stump in the sunshine state, swinging through jacksonville, taryp and coral gables -- tampa and coral gables. his running mate paul ryan plans appearances today in wisconsin and thursday in colorado. both campaigns are trying to make up ground after having to take time off due to hurricane sandy. what we know so far is that mitt romne
since super storm sandy bore down on the east coast, but recovery is just beginning. governor chris christie of new jersey is asking for patience. >> i need you to have patience as i'm trying to get all these things done. >> christie accompanied president obama on a tour of storm damage yesterday. the president said americans go through tough times, but always bounce back. >> my commitment to the people on this block, the people in this community, and the people in this state is that that same spirit will carry over all the way through until our work is done. >> in new york limited subway service is beginning today with flooded tunnels and packed buses many commuters have been forced to walk or bike into manhattan. >> we'll take it one step at a time and figure it out. hope for the best. >> governor cuomo declared a transportation emergency waives fees on mass transit until the end of the week. the storm damage was so extensive at well view hospital that -- bellevue hospital that it had to be shut down. 10,000 army, air and national guard troops have been put on duty in 13 states. t
to move past those images of chris christie applauding the president's response this week to hurricane sandy. tonight, the campaign tells me they're ground game in the swing statements is far ahead of where john mccain's was four years ago. here in ohio, they believe romney's strength among independents will fuel a win here. in the sub burrs surrounding cincinnati, all matted phones, dozens dialing at once. listen to this volunteer that reaches a coveted voter who's clearly had their phone ring before. >> you're not being punished. think of it is you are well liked. >> reporter: consider yourself very liked, as they call those voters over and over again. tonight, the governor joined by his wife ann, his five sons and by kid rock, diane, look over my shoulder here tonight. he's rocking out the crowd for thousands. and i got a kick out of this. he just had the crowd singing "sweet home cincinnati." so even kid rock is tailoring his message to the voters here in a key battleground. diane. >> thank you so much, david muir reporting in. and now, i want to bring in abc political news analyst
. that comes on top of that praise from governor chris christie, the republican governor of new jersey yesterday and the poll you cited shows that nearly 8 out of 10 americans think the president has done a good job handling this hurricane. >> what about the voters who are worried they're not going to be able to vote because of this storm? >> reporter: action is being taken already. governor christie of new jersey has said that absentee ballot deadline will be extended. offices opened longer and they are going to get department of defense trucks to go to neighbors so people can vote at the trucks if their polling place is closed. >> okay, george, reporting in. and we'll be kcovering it all te way through. thank you, george. >>> coming up, the storm danger in your backyard. trees crashing into homes. how much can your roof endure and why where you sleep could save your life. [ female announcer ] today, jason is here to volunteer to help those in need. when a twinge of back pain surprises him. morning starts in high spirits, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow lon
are astoundingly positive numbers, and you even had republicans, including the prominent republican chris christie, praising him for his efforts, so all around praise for the president. in reacting to this, he's able to look the part, and people seemed to react to what he was doing. >> well, let's talk about that reaction, because we've just learned that even mayor bloomberg has somewhat endorsed president obama, and as you just mentioned, i mean we've seen sort of a bromance, right, between governor christie, who has been such a supporter of romney, and now barack obama, i mean, he has been effusive in his praise of the president. what is your sense as to what effect that may have on this election? >> mitt romney has been trying for the longest time to be a bipartisan, even post-partisan leader, and mitt romney is now seeing barack obama play that role in real life. chris christie to go out of his way to praise him and mayor bloomberg's endorsement. mayor bloomberg epitomizes the idea of someone beyond party labels so for him to come off the sidelines now and cite president obama on his position
, warning residents they could be without power for ten to 15 days. and chris christie is worried. that they might put generators indoors to get electricity. >> general new jersey. if it looks stupid it is stupid. >> reporter: already crews from the gulf of mexico to iowa are in their trucks, driving to the east coast in front of sandy's wrath. how bad could it be? believe it or not, this guy thinks he has an idea. a researcher at johns hopkins, he's put together a model, predicting, how many of us may lose power. remember, irene left 7 million without power. >> our model suggesting 10 million. >> reporter: roughly 10 million without power for a week or more. if 50 million feel the effects of this, that's 1 in 5, could be without electricity. if you're inland, think again, it could be a bad one. dan and bianna. >> it will go well inland. david kerley, thank you for your reporting. >>> another breaking story we're watching closely. a massive earthquake off the west coast triggered a tsunami warning in hawaii. our worst fears quelled for now at least. on our affiliate reports. >> ve
jersey shore, with none other than the state's republican governor, chris christie. christie is a die-hard romney supporter. but he's had nothing but praise for the president's handling of the storm, which he says is all that really counts right now. >> i don't give a damn about election day. it doesn't matter a lick to me at the moment. i've got much bigger fish to fry than that. so do the people of the state of new jersey. >> reporter: romney, after cancelling eight events in five states, turned a planned rally in ohio into a makeshift aid >> a lot of people will be looking for goods, even though we've gathered these things, as you know. i know that one of the things i've learned in life is, you make the difference you can. >> reporter: it has all of the trappings of a traditional campaign event. you have the stage, the big american flag, the campaign music. lots of romney supporters. but you also have over here canned goods and supplies that people have brought for victims of the storm. romney ignored questions about his views on fema funding yesterday. but during a debate last yea
chris christie. he also seemed to make a new republican best friend. >> i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state. >> reporter: the president returned the favor. >> i have to say that governor christie throughout this process has been responsive. he's been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm. >> reporter: cooperation on disaster relief works. it also plays well politically. in the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, 78% of likely voters said the president has done a good or excellent job handling the storm. in the wake of the storm, romney struck a more positive tone, campaigning in florida. but not directly criticizing the president. >> good democrats love america just like good republicans love america. >> reporter: his daughter dressed as datety perry. and one of his boys as the grim reaper. the abc news/"washington post" poll shows the race is tied nationally. 49% for mitt romney. 49% for barack obama. but each side seems convinced their winning. the
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